GU Jam Sesh forms to unite Georgetown bands, hosts first house show

IMG_7910On Saturday night, a newly-formed community of bands, GU Jam Sesh, hosted its first house show in a backyard in Burleith. Georgetown bands Mellen, The Ripples, and Dagos, pictured rocking out at left, all played terrific sets to a large crowd of students. The founding members of GU Jam Sesh believe that the band community will generate new interest in Georgetown’s music scene and increase the number of performances held around campus.

“GU Jam Sesh was really just a spur-of-the-moment type of thing last semester,” co-founder Gianfranco Nuschese (COL ’14) said, explaining that the group was formed when Nuschese and his friend Tyler Pierce (COL ’15) tired of the lackluster Georgetown live music scene. Nuschese and Pierce, both band members themselves, put together Jam Sesh.

“This is an outlet,” Nuschese said. “My biggest hope for GU Jam Sesh is for the good bands to get recognition, so people will think there’s a music scene at Georgetown, and to help the musicians get shows, share the equipment, and get their names out there.”

Another one of Nuschese’s goals is to make at least a few of the bands popular enough to book shows out in the District and open for touring bands.

Jam Sesh is currently creating a website to organize events and band profiles. The site is still being worked on and is not completed, but can be accessed here.

WGTB will be a big part of Jam Sesh and band promotion this year. Nuschese and WGTB General Manager Allie Prescott (COL ’14) have been coordinating show promotion and reserving space for shows.

“Jam Sesh, as far as social media is concerned, is starting from scratch,” Prescott said. “We [WGTB] already have a significantly bigger audience. Between Facebook and Twitter, we have about 2,000 people who follow us. … That’s a really good place to start, and I think once we start seeing more content from Jam Sesh that we’re really excited about we have the resources to make that popular.”

Besides social media promotion, WGTB will help Jam Sesh with finding on-campus venues for events and sharing equipment.

Although the first show was put on in a backyard, Nuschese hopes that Jam Sesh events will be both on and off campus. Nuschese noted that each type of venue has its own pros and cons. While the off-campus house shows give bands independence and that awesome DIY feel, on-campus events have more space for crowds and don’t have any chance of being broken up due to noise complaints.

Given that some Burleith residents seemingly have a vendetta against Hoyas, noise, and fun, Nuschese has had to plan a way to deal with noise complaints. “One of the biggest concerns is being before 10:00,” he said. “Every show is going to end before that 10:00 deadline.”

The strategy seems like it will work. Saturday’s backyard show received numerous complaints from neighbors (one man even came over and asked the bands to quiet down while they were testing the equipment), but, thankfully, the law is on Jam Sesh’s side. Although police responded to the complaints, they could not put a stop to the show until after 10:00 p.m., at which point the show was already over.

Photo: Shalina Chatlani/Georgetown Voice

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